Porch of Maidens, Erechtheum


Named for Erechtheus, a mythical Athenian hero, the Erechtheum was built in the late 5th century bc on the Athenian Acropolis. The small porch on the temple’s south end, known as the Porch of the Maidens, features six caryatids holding up an Ionic entablature. The elaborate ornaments of this building contrast dramatically with the Doric formality of the nearby Parthenon.